Alnwick Town Council

SUPPORT CALL FROM CHARITY

Representatives from HospiceCare North Northumberland spoke to members to explain the work they do and the support they need.

Julie Frost, from the charity, explained that they receive 12 per cent of their funding from the NHS, but have to raise another 60 to 70 per cent – around £260,000 – by fund-raising.

They also rely on a large pool of volunteers, currently around 40 to 50 people, who save the charity around £100,000 a year.

HospiceCare provides support for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families in north Northumberland and help anywhere between 200 and 250 patients each year.

This puts a strain on the full-time and trained medical staff with the lymphedema nurse currently treating a patient list of around 90.

While fund-raising events are often great, they can take a lot of organisation and be weather-dependent, so Julie explained that they are looking at developing links with local businesses for further support.

COUNCIL SUPPORS LOCAL EFFORTS

Members agreed to make a £2,500 donation to the Bailiffgate Museum for roof repairs, which could cost in the region of £11,000, in place of giving a grant later in the year.

They also agreed to take on ownership for insurance purposes of an armillary to be sited in the Green Batt gardens, hopefully in early 2014.

SITE NO LONGER TO BE THE LIMES

The developers of the Willoughby’s Bank site, where new homes are currently being built, have put forward the name Willoughby Park as the proposed street name, which members approved. Coun Martin Harrington had previously raised concerns about the working name – The Limes, Swansfield Park.

ANY DEVELOPMENT SHOULD ADD PATH

A resident had written to the council asking for support in a quest for a footpath on South Road from the fire station to the cemetery.

Members agreed that it was something that should be called for if any plans are submitted for development of sites along that stretch of the road.

MEMBERS BACK BUS-SERVICE PLEA

Alnwick Town Council members agreed to a request from Felton and Thirston Parish Council for support for the reinstatement of a late-night bus service from Newcastle to Alnwick via Felton at 10.45pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, in place of the removal of certain X15 services.